State GOP Prepares For Weekend Convention

Calif. GOP tries to refocus, reach new voters

By JULIET WILLIAMS
|  Thursday, Feb 23, 2012  |  Updated 3:16 PM PDT
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California Republicans are bracing for what could be a rough election year, but also are looking to the future.
 
Their registration continues to plummet among voters, and newly drawn electoral districts could further weaken their status in the state Legislature and lead to less clout in Congress.
 
Still, the state party is aiming to put on a positive face at its spring convention this weekend in Burlingame. Chairman Tom Del Beccaro says he will focus on expanding the party's reach to Asians, Hispanics and young voters.
 
GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich will address delegates Saturday, along with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who now supports former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the nomination. 

Republicans also are scheduled to vote on a conservative party platform.

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